Need to File a Lawsuit Against a Cruise Line?

Cruise Ship, Maritime and Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Miami, Florida & Nationwide

You, the passenger, are required to file suit for an injury suffered on a cruise, or an assault that happened while aboard a cruise ship against the cruise line where the ticket says you have to. That is, the ticket, which the cruise lines call the Passenger Contract Ticket, always provides a place where suit has to be brought or filed. That provision in the ticket is called a venue selection clause. If you file suit in any place other than where the ticket says, you are not filing suit in the right place and your suit will be subject to getting dismissed.

These venue selection clauses have been held by the courts including the United States Supreme Court to be enforceable under the law which applies to the tickets, the general maritime law. See, Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute, 499 U.S. 585 (1991).

Understanding Venue Selection Clauses

cruise ship on the waterThe venue selection clause for each cruise line is located in the cruise lines’ “terms and conditions”. The “terms and conditions” are usually about 16 to 20 pages of legal gobbledygook and doublespeak. They are located on the cruise lines’ websites. No one reads them. Even if you did read them, you may not understand them.

These “terms and conditions” are written by lawyers with one purpose in mind: to protect the cruise line and to make it as hard as possible for you to bring suit against them.

How Hickey Law Firm, P.A. Can Help

At the Hickey Law Firm, our job is to cut through all of that gobbledygook and to make it as painless as possible for you to pursue your claim for honest, significant, and permanent injuries. Our Florida cruise ship accident attorneys can provide qualified representation to victims who suffered injury on what was supposed to be a getaway. Please call 305-371-8000 for a free consultation.

For easy reference, here are the places where you have to file suit for each of the cruise lines and the names of the ships in service for those cruise lines:

America Cruise Ferries

State or Federal Court with Admiralty Jurisdiction located in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Cruise Ticket Contract)

  • Caribbean Fantasy

American Cruise Lines, Inc.

Federal District Court for District of Connecticut or if no federal subject matter jurisdiction then venue in New Haven County
(Terms and Conditions)

  • America
  • American Constellation
  • American Constitution
  • American Pride
  • American Song
  • American Spirit
  • American Star
  • American Glory
  • Independence
  • Queen of the Mississippi
  • Queen of the West

Azamara Club Cruises

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Cruise Ticket Contract)

  • Azamara Journey
  • Azamara Pursuit
  • Azamara Quest

Bahamas Paradise Cruise (formerly known as Celebration Cruise)

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Broward County (Cruise Ticket Contract

  • Grand Celebration
  • Grand Classica 

Carnival Cruise Lines

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Cruise Ticket Contract)

  • Carnival Breeze
  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Dream
  • Carnival Ecstasy
  • Carnival Elation
  • Carnival Fantasy
  • Carnival Fascination
  • Carnival Freedom
  • Carnival Glory
  • Carnival Horizon 
  • Carnival Imagination
  • Carnival Inspiration
  • Carnival Legend
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Magic
  • Carnival Miracle
  • Carnival Panorama (Coming 2019)
  • Carnival Paradise
  • Carnival Pride
  • Carnival Sensation
  • Carnival Sunshine
  • Carnival Triumph
  • Carnival Valor
  • Carnival Victory
  • Carnival Vista

Celebrity Cruise Lines

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Cruise Ticket Contract)

  • Celebrity Constellation
  • Celebrity Eclipse
  • Celebrity Edge
  • Celebrity Equinox
  • Celebrity Flora
  • Celebrity Infinity
  • Celebrity Millennium
  • Celebrity Reflection
  • Celebrity Silhouette
  • Celebrity Solstice
  • Celebrity Summit
  • Celebrity Xpedition
  • Celebrity Xperience
  • Celebrity Xploration

Costa Crociere

Courts of Genoa, Italy (Passage Ticket Contract)

  • Costa Deliziosa
  • Costa Diadema
  • Costa Fascinosa
  • Costa Favolosa
  • Costa Luminosa
  • Costa Magica
  • Costa Mediterranea
  • Costa neoRiviera
  • Costa neoRomantica
  • Costa neoClassica
  • Costa Pacifica
  • Costa Smeralda
  • Costa Victoria
  • Costs Fascinosa

Crystal Cruises

The United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles (Terms and Conditions)

  • Crystal Serenity
  • Crystal Symphony

Cunard Line

County of Los Angeles, California (Passage Contract)

  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Queen Mary 2
  • Queen Victoria

Disney Cruise Line

The United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Orlando Division in Brevard County (Cruise Ticket Contract)

  • Disney Dream
  • Disney Fantasy
  • Disney Magic
  • Disney Wonder

Holland America

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle (Cruise Contract)

  • ms Amsterdam
  • ms Eurodam
  • ms Koningsdam
  • ms Maasdam
  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  • ms Nieuw Statendam
  • ms Noordam
  • ms Oosterdam
  • ms Prinsendam
  • ms Rotterdam
  • ms Veendam
  • ms Volendam
  • ms Westerdam
  • ms Zaandam
  • ms Zuiderdam

MSC Cruises

For voyages that include a port in the US: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County

For voyages that do not include a port in the US: Courts of Naples, Italy (Terms and Conditions)

  • MSC Armonia
  • MSC Bellissima
  • MSC Divina
  • MSC Fantasia
  • MSC Lirica
  • MSC Magnifica
  • MSC Meraviglia
  • MSC Musica
  • MSC Opera
  • MSC Orchestra
  • MSC Poesia
  • MSC Preziosa
  • MSC Seaside
  • MSC Seaview
  • MSC Sinfonia
  • MSC Splendida

Norwegian Cruise Lines

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Ticket Contract)

  • Norwegian Bliss
  • Norwegian Breakaway
  • Norwegian Dawn
  • Norwegian Epic
  • Norwegian Escape
  • Norwegian Gem
  • Norwegian Getaway
  • Norwegian Jade
  • Norwegian Jewel
  • Norwegian Joy
  • Norwegian Pearl
  • Norwegian Sky
  • Norwegian Spirit
  • Norwegian Star
  • Norwegian Sun
  • Pride of America

Oceania Cruises

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Guest Ticket Contract)

  • Insignia
  • Marina
  • Nautica
  • Regatta
  • Riviera
  • Sirena

Pearl Seas Cruises

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven County (Terms and Conditions)

  • Pearl Mist

Princess Cruises

County of Los Angeles, California (Passage Contract)

  • Caribbean Princess
  • Coral Princess
  • Crown Princess
  • Diamond Princess
  • Emerald Princess
  • Golden Princess
  • Grand Princess
  • Island Princess
  • Majestic Princess
  • Pacific Princess
  • Regal Princess
  • Royal Princess
  • Ruby Princess
  • Sapphire Princess
  • Sea Princess
  • Sky Princess
  • Star Princess
  • Sun Princess

Regent Seven Seas

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Ticket Contract)

  • Seven Seas Explorer
  • Seven Seas Mariner
  • Seven Seas Navigator
  • Seven Seas Voyager

Royal Caribbean Cruises

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Cruise Ticket Contract)

  • Adventure of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas
  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Brilliance of the Seas
  • Empress of the Seas
  • Enchantment of the Seas
  • Explorer of the Seas
  • Freedom of the Seas
  • Grandeur of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Independence of the Seas
  • Jewel of the Seas
  • Legend of the Seas
  • Liberty of the Seas
  • Majesty of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Monarch of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Ovation of the Seas
  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Radiance of the Seas
  • Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Serenade of the Seas
  • Splendour of the Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Vision of the Seas
  • Voyager of the Seas

Seabourn (The Yachts of Seabourn)

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle (Cruise Contract)

  • Seabourn Encore
  • Seabourn Odyssey
  • Seabourn Ovation
  • Seabourn Quest
  • Seabourn Sojoum

Seadream Yacht Club 

The Asker and Baerum District Court, Norway (Terms and Conditions)

  • Seadream I
  • Seadream II

Silversea Cruises

he United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County (Terms and Conditions)

  • Silver Cloud Expedition
  • Silver Discoverer
  • Silver Explorer
  • Silver Galapagos
  • Silver Muse
  • Silver Shadow
  • Silver Spirit
  • Silver Whisper
  • Silver Wind

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Van Nuys District (Terms and Conditions)

  • Queen Isabel
  • River Countess
  • River Duchess
  • River Empress
  • River Princess
  • River Queen
  • S.S. Antoinette
  • S.S. Beatrice
  • S.S. Bon Voyage (previously S.S. Royale)
  • S.S. Catherine
  • S.S. Joie de Vivre
  • S.S. Maria Theresa
  • River Tosca
  • Mekong Navigator
  • Ganges Voyager II
  • River Victoria
  • Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Victory Casino Cruises

Orlando, Florida (Brevard County)

  • Victory I

Viking Ocean Cruises and Viking River Cruises

Civil Court of the Canton of Baselstadt [Zivilgericht Basel-Stadt, Switzerland]
Passenger Ticket Contract

  • Viking Orion
  • Viking Sea
  • Viking Sky
  • Viking Star
  • Viking Sun

Windstar Cruises

United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle (Passage Contract)

  • Wind Surf
  • Wind Spirit
  • Wind Star
  • Star Pride
  • Star Breeze
  • Star Legend